LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 12

ON OUR RADAR RED CROSS HAS BIG NEWS Broadcast journalism icon DAN RATHER will offer the keynote address at the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Wrapped in Red Luncheon, to be held on Thursday, March 23, at 12pm at Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar. The Wharton, Texas native will reflect on his 60-year career at the event, which is aimed at raising funds for critical community services while honoring donors and partners who help make those services possible. With any luck, maybe he’ll offer some thoughts on our current interesting times. “We are delighted that Mr. Rather will be our keynote speaker on March 23,” said Jessy Morgenroth, Red Cross Regional Chief Development Officer. “His unique perspective as a journalist chronicling six decades of world events will surely offer a memorable experience to all who attend.” For more information, visit www.redcross.org/Houston. Photography by Richard Carson PRIME RIB IN A PRIME LOCATION Grab your appetite and head to 1910 Bagby St. in Midtown to enjoy the second outpost of LAURENZO’S BAR AND GRILL, a partnership between the Laurenzo family (maybe you’ve heard of El Tiempo) and Landmark Hospitality Group, which owns both Hearsay restaurants and 51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails inside Saks Fifth Avenue. Laurenzo’s has a pareddown menu from that of the mothership on Washington, but features prime rib, of course, along with a life-changing spinach dip, beautiful beef filet, ahi tuna salad and (gasp!) even kale salads. Don’t miss the super-chocolately brownie topped with whipped cream and a cherry for dessert. Check out the menu at www.laurenzos.net. LET’S ROLL THE TOUR DE HOUSTON returns to the city on Sunday, March 19. Presented by Apache Corporation and benefiting the Re-Plant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the tour welcomes cyclists of all ages and proficiency. The ride begins and ends at City Hall, with the first start at 7:30am (61.45-mile route) followed by another at 8am (43.55- mile route) and 8:30am (20-mile route). Mayor Sylvester Turner will be on hand to start and ride in the event with the route heading to Missouri City for the first time in history. “We are thrilled to welcome back the Apache Corporation as the title sponsor of this event. They continue, year after year, to provide support and generosity in helping to reforest our parks and open spaces,” said Mayor Turner. “I can’t think of a better way for Houstonians to see our scenic city and enjoy the outdoors.” For more information, visit www.tourdehouston.org. 12 LOCAL | march 17